Workshops at the teacher training.

 Last week-end was week-end 7 already (Time flies!!!), and we had people from outside on saturday and sunday who came to share their knowledge with us.

We actually already had an outside speaker the previous week-end, when i say outside I mean not in the training, but she’s actually a teacher at Yoga salt where the training takes place. Her name is Audra, and she was great. She talked to us about alignment, smart flow and how to build sequences. It was super interesting. She took her training with the famous Annie Carpenter, the goddess of alignment, and she was kind enough to share with us some key elements for a great yoga practice.

The firs guy who came to talked to us on Saturday, was teaching us how to act as a teacher with the students, the do and don’t, the kind of behavior you can have, how to react in certain situations…. It was kind of interesting, even tho pretty obvious most of the time. He was a yoga teacher too, but I was a little bit surprised by his way of addressing his advice to us. He was kind of aggressive, not intentionally, but it made the all thing awkward.

On the other hand on Sunday, we were lucky enough to have a 2 hours inversions workshop by the amazing Sean Gray.It was a delight, well at least for me, because I love inversions. I’ve learned so many things about handstand, forearms stand, tripod, head stand and shoulders stand, it was amazing.

I’m all for practicing Pinchamayurasana at the moment. I wasn’t practicing this inversion until my trip in New-York and my visit at the Jivamukti Yoga school. In that studio they practice serious inversions, and you’re not allowed to use the wall. It’s when I realized I had to work on my Pincha. It is a very tricky one as you are supposed to keep your forearms parallel to each other, which makes it harder.

I’m so grateful for the planning of this teacher training. I’m learning so many things at the moment, my practice is deepen, my mind is open, and I couldn’t be happier. I hope that by sharing my experience I’ll inspire the yoginis who read me to think about doing a thing like this.

In the meantime stay tuned! Namaste.

Birthday shenanigans

2 weeks ago it was my birthday. I usually love to celebrate with a big party, but since it was in the middle of the teacher training, I just organized a little get together with my friends here in LA. It was so nice for once to celebrate with them, since I’m usually in my country for this event.

I was super happy because my boyfriend came all the way from Europe to celebrate with me. I wasn’t really comfortable sharing this with my other teacher trainees, because I don’t know them that much and I didn’t think they would be interested. But in the training with me, there is my dear friend Isabel, and she’s not the kind of person who takes no for an answer.

I was suspicious that something might be organized behind my back, specially because I discovered that it was Rochelle’s (another trainee) birthday too. The D-day I received a message from Tamal, our teacher, and it became more and more obvious that something was going to happened. So when I stepped in the studio and that half of my fellow trainees came to hug me and wish me the best for this special day, I had no doubt that a cake will be involved at some point!

During our break they bring us the most delicious vegan cheesecake made by Sean, Rochelle and I were so happy. Stephen made me do acro yoga, we laughed a lot. I was really surprised by that kindness and generosity from people I’ve known for only 6 weeks! And that’s what the teacher training is about too: Bonding with some extraordinary people who share the same passion as you. I’m so grateful for that. Not only my practice is deepen in a way I couldn’t even dream of a year ago, but I hope I have found new friends for life!!

Of course Tamal quickly reminded us that it was training time, and I had the chance to practice inversions and arm balances for 2h30, and it was totally ok because I love that!!

Stay tuned for more shenanigans! Namaste.

How healthy food is a touchy subject!

I’ve decided to write this post because I am really surprised with the comments I had or saw on some other people posts regarding the subject of food.

It all started at my yoga teacher training when we talked about Patanjali’s sutra: Ahimsa (non harming), and the fact that being vegan was the answer for those who wanted to apply those sutras to their life.

We watched a few documentary too about how livestock was horribly mistreated, and about how we could solve the world hunger by having a  plants based alimentation. I shared those documentary and my own experience of being vegetarian on facebook and other social media, and that’s when it all started. People were mocking me, making bad jokes on vegan, some of them were even mean, and when I tried to respond with some good arguments, most of the time I faced passive agressivity from the other party. 

I witnessed that on other friend’s wall too, and I realize that the subject of food is not an easy one, just like religion, or same sex marriage.

People don’t like change and even tho you prove them with strong arguments that it is inevitable if we want to keep our planet liveable, they talk about utopia, or they’d rather ignore the truth and make no sacrifice, even tho their own children will probably pay the price of their selfishness.

I’m glad this training opened my eyes on this issue. I’ve read somewhere that doing a yoga teacher training might change you, well, it does. I just hope that (very) soon my fellow human beings will have the chance to have that kind of epiphany too.

In the meantime do a lot of yoga. Drink a lot of water, eat healthy! 

Stay tuned! Namaste!



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